Big names and even bigger vehicles as Truckfest comes to Norfolk

The monster truck Slingshot at the Truckfest at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The monster truck Slingshot at the Truckfest at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

There were plenty of big names and even bigger vehicles at the county's showground as Europe's largest truck festival got underway.

Stunt driver Terry Grant, at the Truckfest at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Stunt driver Terry Grant, at the Truckfest at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Thousands of people attended Truckfest East over the weekend as it made its return to Norfolk for the first time in 26 years.

Crowds were kept entertained over the two-day event with high-octane stunt shows and the chance to meet a handful of US television stars.

There was also the chance to take a look at more than 500 modern-day and vintage trucks on display across the showground.

Ronnie and Amy Shirley, stars of the television series Lizard Lick Towing, flew over from America to meet fans during the event.


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'We love it here, especially as the weather always seems to co-operate with us wherever we go,' Mr Shirley said.

'The crowds have been great and we love the layout of this show.'

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The couple were joined by Storage Hunters star Jesse McClure, as well as Ice Road Truckers Lisa Kelly and Todd Dewey.

Mr McClure, who was visiting Norfolk for the first time, said the TV stars took a trip Great Yarmouth on Saturday night to play poker.

He added: 'It's always great to come to a new place and meet lots of great people. Truckfest has been a fantastic event.'

The main arena was host to some of the most exciting shows over the weekend.

Hundreds gathered to watch as 22-year-old Alan Vaughan performed jumps and crushed cars in his monster truck 'Slingshot'.

Stunt driver Terry Grant also kept crowds on the edge of their seats as he performed a variety of high-octane tricks.

Truckfest director Bob Limming said it was the first time the event had been in Norfolk since 1990.

He added: 'At the end of the day it is all about the family coming along seeing something a little bit different, and that is exactly what Truckfest is about.

'We certainly intend to be back again next year.'

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